Nominations sought for Peace Builders, Youth Poetry

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center is accepting nominations for its annual Peace Building Awards and Youth Poetry Contest.

The WDRC seeks nominations for individuals or groups that creatively resolved conflict, contributed to peaceful dispute resolution, promoted reconciliation, effective communication or understanding between divergent groups/people in the past year, or otherwise contributed to peace within our community.

Nominations for individuals or groups should consider these categories: health care, public servant, community member, organization/business, program, volunteer, youth/student, education, and arts.

The nomination deadline is Sept. 19.

The WDRC is also seeking Whatcom County K-12 students to submit poems (30 lines or less) for the 2014 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest. Youth are invited to explore themes relating to creative conflict resolution, including: resolving conflict, apologizing, listening, tolerance, building peace, respect, peer mediation, and anti-bullying.

The submission deadline is Oct. 10.

Electronic and printable Peace Builder Awards Nomination and Youth Poetry Contest forms are online at and at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, located at 13 Prospect St., Suite 201 in Bellingham.


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